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Parliamentary Authority, Merced, And The Reform Of Local Administration

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Two strategies of royal merced are of interest in this chapter because they reveal the process by which Charles retained the loyalty of the nobility while regaining the confidence and monetary support of the cities and their taxpayers. The first strategy reflects Charles? need to strengthen his alliance with aristocrats by conceding to them the traditional privileges they expected for the services they provided to him. Charles knew that his reconstruction policies after the civil wars could not jeopardize his ongoing partnership with the aristocracy. The second strategy of merced is the concern of four sections of this chapter which describe the process of negotiation between the Cortes and Charles: ?The Fiscal System of the Parliament,? ?The Cortes of 1523 and Absolute Power?, ?Local Power and Corregidores?, and ?The Audits of Corregimientos?.

Keywords: Corregimientos; local administration; merced



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